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Nokia Lumia 800 Review

Nokia Lumia 800

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Nokia Lumia 800 Review
Call quality on the Nokia Lumia 800 is pretty good overall. Unfortunately, when we were on the Lumia, callers sounded slightly less clear than we would have hoped. Listeners on the other end however reported we sounded crisp, so while not perfect overall, nothing drastic to report. The loudspeaker delivers good, clear sound both for voice and media and we really like the fact that it's placed at the bottom of the unit so when the Nokia Lumia 800 is lying down, we can still hear the music or conversation as nothing is covering the speaker.

Mango is an efficient OS, with handsets like the HTC Radar performing stunningly well with mere 1GHz processors. In turn it comes as little surprise that the Nokia Lumia's 1.4Ghz Snapdragon processor flies through tasks. After four days with the device we're yet to experience any slowdown or stutter despite having installed in excess of 15 apps and used the handset day in day out.

In terms of performance, the chink in the Nokia Lumia 800's armor is definitely its battery life. No, this isn't going to die by 4pm, but neither is it going to live strong for two days. Nokia handsets, N9 included are generally renowned for lasting forever and Windows Phone devices also tend to do well in this department. We'd expected the combination of both to deliver easily over a days worth of juice but sadly no. Juice is well and truly depleted come 10pm after a full days use. Not terrible, but not what we were expecting either.


And so it begins, Nokia's partnership with Microsoft has reached fruition and the first taste is in our hands. Bearing in mind how quickly Nokia got this to market, the custom Nokia Apps they pulled out of the bag and the reformatting of MeeGo hardware to fit a Windows Phone platform, we can do little but commend. The Nokia Lumia 800 sports a beautiful screen, slick design and promising OS only made more attractive by the inclusion of Nokia Maps, Drive and Music. While it does have its weak points, with the AMOLED delivering a blue hue when viewed at an angle and lackluster noise handling in the images, not to mention less than stellar battery life, we still find it very easy to recommend Nokia's new flagship as the pros outweigh the cons ten to one.

Looking at the current landscape of the Windows Phone market, the Nokia Lumia 800 is obviously one of the better options, although it's hardly usable in the U.S. However, a pretty decent alternative could be the HTC Radar, which comes in slightly cheaper, or, if you want more screen and a better camera, you can turn your attention to the HTC Titan.

When it comes to alternative OSs, the Nokia N9 with its MeeGo platform comes to mind first. It's worth checking out if you happen to enjoy the Lumia 800 hardware, but want a different kind of OS. Of course, with its vague future, everything MeeGo-related can't really be considered future-proof. That's why we believe it's worth exploring the high-end Android handsets out there, like the Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Sensation XE or EVO 3D, which are all great smartphones, offered at similar or lower prices than the one of the Lumia 800, which is another reason to consider these as possible alternatives.

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  • Solid, stylized design
  • Nokia apps add real value to WP
  • Smooth, fast operation


  • Smaller screen than N9
  • High price
  • Battery life could be better
  • No front facing camera
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Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia Lumia 800

OS: Windows Phone 7.8 7.5 Mango
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Display3.7 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (252 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S2, Single core, 1400 MHz, Scorpion processor
0.5 GB RAM
Size4.59 x 2.41 x 0.48 inches
(116.5 x 61.2 x 12.1 mm)
5.01 oz  (142 g)
Battery1450 mAh, 13 hours talk time

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